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Chocolate "broccoli" cookies

Sandra Denneler is a SheKnows Expert who's been making and doing her entire life. Growing up, her favorite book was the 1973 World Book Encyclopedia's Childcraft Volume 11, Make and Do. An art director at Wichita State University, Sandra...

Fun with food for April Fools' Day

Looking for a fun but delicious way to surprise your kids on April Fools' Day? Make these chocolate broccoli cookies and fool everyone into eating their veggies.

Chocolate “broccoli” cookies recipe

Broccoli for dessert? Yes, please! Both kids and adults will beg for more “broccoli" once they take a bite. Made from Tootsie Rolls and a simple no-bake cookie recipe, you can surprise everyone with a fun, delicious plate of chocolate broccoli-shaped cookies.

Chocolate "broccoli" cookies recipe

Yields approximately 24 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 48 Tootsie Roll Midgees
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups quick oats (like Quaker Quick 1-Minute)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

1

Unwrap Tootsie Rolls

Unwrap 48 Tootsie Roll Midgees.

Chocolate “broccoli” cookies recipe

2

Prepare Tootsie Rolls

Tear 24 Tootsie Rolls into 4 sections per piece. Roll each section into thin, rope-like pieces of varying size. If your Tootsie Rolls are hard or difficult to roll, you can heat them in the microwave for 8-10 seconds to soften.

Chocolate “broccoli” cookies recipe

3

Form broccoli stems

Attach 3-5 of the rope-like pieces to the outside of 1 whole Tootsie Roll Midgee. Attaching the rope-like pieces at different levels with varied spacing will give it a more natural broccoli stem appearance. It will look like a little tree with branches.

Chocolate “broccoli” cookies recipe

4

Roll stems to secure

Roll between your fingers to soften and secure the pieces to the broccoli stem.

Chocolate “broccoli” cookies recipe

5

Place on a baking sheet

On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place each of the 24 finished broccoli stems in rows, allowing room for the broccoli floret cookie later.

Chocolate “broccoli” cookies recipe

6

Make cookie mixture for broccoli florets

In a large saucepan over high heat, mix together sugar, cocoa powder, butter and milk. Boil rapidly for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter, oats and vanilla. Mix well and allow the mixture to cool until it becomes slightly lumpy, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Chocolate “broccoli” cookies recipe

7

Add florets

Using a large teaspoon, drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto the tops of the Tootsie Roll broccoli stems on the parchment paper.

Chocolate “broccoli” cookies recipe

8

Add more dimension to florets

After you've given each stem a scoop of cookie mixture, go back and add extra, smaller dollops to a few. Use your fingertips to shape the broccoli florets and push them firmly onto the tops of the Tootsie Roll stems.

Chocolate “broccoli” cookies recipe

9

Let cookies dry

Allow the cookies to dry and cool for an hour.

Chocolate “broccoli” cookies recipe

10

Serve and enjoy!

When plating your cookies, use another sheet of parchment paper or lightly dust the bottoms of each cookie with cornstarch. The Tootsie Rolls can stick to the plate if the room temperature is warm.

Chocolate “broccoli” cookies recipe

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